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PDFWAC 296-800-26010

Protect open-sided floors and platforms.

(1) You must guard open-sided floors and platforms.
(a) Guard open-sided floors and platforms four feet or more above adjacent floor or ground level by a railing. The entrance to a ramp, stairway, or fixed ladder does not need a railing.
(b) Guard open-sided floors, walkways and platforms above or adjacent to dangerous equipment, pickling or galvanizing tanks, degreasing units, and other similar hazards, regardless of height with a railing and toeboard.
(2) You must make sure tools and loose materials are not left on overhead platforms and scaffolds.
Note:
• Where the guarding rules above do not apply because employees exposure to falls is infrequent (not on a predictable and regular basis), you must comply with the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) rules (WAC 296-800-160) or other effective fall protection must be provided.
 
• You can find the minimum requirements for standard railings of various types of construction in WAC 296-24-75011.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, 49.17.040, 49.17.050, and 49.17.060. WSR 18-22-116, § 296-800-26010, filed 11/6/18, effective 12/7/18. Statutory Authority: RCW 49.17.010, [49.17].040, and [49.17].050. WSR 01-23-060, § 296-800-26010, filed 11/20/01, effective 12/1/01; WSR 01-11-038, § 296-800-26010, filed 5/9/01, effective 9/1/01.]
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